With little media coverage, two House subcommittees in mid-September held hearings on the vulnerability of the U.S. power grid, with one U.S. representative acknowledging that the grid is old and susceptible to attack – and even saying if it goes down we’d be without gasoline, food and hospitals for a long time.
It seems that Washington, D.C., is finally getting the picture – or is it? We tackle that question this week on Off The Grid Radio with Peter Vincent Pry, one of the nation’s foremost experts on threats to the grid. He served on the EMP Commission that issued a report to Congress and also wrote a book, “Electric Armageddon: Civil-Military Preparedness For An Electromagnetic Pulse Catastrophe.”
Pry explains not only how the power grid could be taken down for months or even a year or more, but also why it would take utility companies that long to repair the damages caused either by a man-made EMP or solar storm.
Pry also tells us:
- Why he believes 90 percent of the population would die during a long-term grid failure.
- What the biggest obstacles are to protecting the nation’s power grid.
- How the entire grid can be taken down by attacking only a few “nodes.”
- Which surprising elements of daily life would be inaccessible during a grid failure.
- Why the U.S. would be relying on other countries to fix the grid if it were attacked.
Pry, though, says there is hope, and he tells us which bills Congress needs to pass in order to keep America’s infrastructure secure for the long term. If you care about America’s future and your security, this is one interview you don’t want to miss!
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